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January 3, 2004 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
North Korea has agreed to allow a private American group to visit its premier nuclear weapons complex, a move U.S. government officials hope will shed light on the facilities at the center of a 14-month diplomatic standoff. The U.S. group, which includes nuclear scientists, congressional aides and former government officials, plans to visit the Yongbyon site, a member of the group said Friday.
A year after U.S. forces began the military campaign that overthrew Afghanistan's Taliban regime, President Bush on Friday declared that the Central Asian nation has "entered a new era of hope" and he promised sustained American involvement in its reconstruction and stability. But even as Bush delivered his upbeat report, experts warned that the Afghan people still face political insecurity and the specter of famine and disease.
September 15, 2007 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
In a new report to Congress, the White House acknowledged Friday that the Iraqi government had made little political progress in recent months, a finding that ended a week of debate over the war on a down note for the White House. The report said Iraqi leaders had improved their performance on only one of 18 measurements of progress since an interim report in July.
December 29, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
In the weeks before Benazir Bhutto's assassination, the Bush administration directly provided her with intelligence on dangers she faced from militants in Pakistan, as U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf resisted pressure to expand the scope of her security detail, U.S. lawmakers and other officials and Bhutto supporters said Friday. Yet as the slain former prime minister was laid to rest, questions mounted about both the adequacy of the U.S.
February 22, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
President Bush on Monday issued a blunt warning to Russia, saying that it "must renew a commitment to democracy and the rule of law" if it is to join the European and transatlantic communities. Bush's admonition to Moscow came during the keynote address of his four-day, fence-mending trip to Europe, in which he called for "a new era of transatlantic unity."
July 23, 2004 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The security threat in Iraq has grown "undoubtedly more severe" since the beginning of the year and insurgents have become more sophisticated and dangerous in just the last few months, a former top U.S. security advisor in Iraq told a Senate committee Thursday. David C. Gompert, who was senior security advisor to former U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer III, said the threat from loyalists of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein and from foreign fighters had become more deadly.
March 8, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
Congressional Democrats critical of the Bush administration's stance on Iraq pleaded Friday for more time for diplomacy, while senior Republicans agreed with the president that the countdown to a possible war is nearing an end. The exchange played out mainly on the Senate floor in a sparsely attended debate over Iraq policy. Some lawmakers made their views known in speeches elsewhere and through news releases. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
June 28, 2003 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
The conciliatory steps taken Friday by Israelis and Palestinians were the first sign of progress in President Bush's intense diplomacy aimed at bringing peace to the Middle East. But they were far from an indication that Bush, who avoided the region for most of his first two years in office, can expect success where several other presidents have failed. "He's holding a tiger by the tail," said Edward S. Walker Jr., president of the Middle East Institute and a former ambassador to Israel.
October 29, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki, at a news conference Sunday with his Turkish counterpart, accused the United States of backing Kurdish separatists waging warfare against Turkey and Iran. Turkey and Iran have been fighting guerrillas with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, and the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, or PEJAK, holed up in the mountains of northern Iraq.
July 10, 2004 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Despite periodic anti-American protests in Seoul, the South Korean government remains a loyal ally of the United States, top lawmakers from Seoul said Friday in Los Angeles. "We have demonstrated our loyalty and friendship not only with our words, but with our actions," said Shin Ki-nam, chairman of the ruling Uri Party.
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